|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||59° 33' 30'' North , 5° 41' 21'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||59.55848,5.68938|
|Other regions containing this locality:||Scandinavia|
|Köppen climate type:||Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate|
|Name(s) in local language(s):||Thorsgruve (Thors gruve), Vats, Vindafjord kommune, Rogaland fylke, Norge|
Pegmatite mined in a short period for uraninite. It was discovered in 1898 by Mauritz Kartevold from Sandnes. In 1899 a box with uraninite was shipped to England. Sir William Ramsay used samples from this material to isolate helium in earth. The mine was sold to an English mining company in 1906, but it was already closed in 1907 after some months of prospecting. The uraninite seemed to already be mined out. In 1942 it was prospected some months for mica.
The mine is probably named after the element thorium.
Commodity ListThis is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.
7 valid minerals.
This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.
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|Silurian - Proterozoic|
419.2 - 2500 Ma
|Precambrian-Phanerozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks|
Age: to Silurian (419.2 - 2500 Ma)
Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. 
|Mesoproterozoic - Paleoproterozoic|
1000 - 2500 Ma
|Proterozoic I quartzite|
Age: Proterozoic (1000 - 2500 Ma)
Description: undifferentiated metamorphic
Reference: Asch, K. The 1:5M International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas: Development and Implementation of a GIS-enabled Concept. Geologisches Jahrbuch, SA 3.